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Bauchi spends N5b on fertiliser

| July 4, 2013 More

THE Bauchi State government has spent over N5 billion on procurement of fertiliser and chemicals from 2007 till date.

  Commissioner Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Tasiu Mohammed, said this recently at a press briefing in Bauchi.

 

  According to him, from 2007 to 2011, the state government expanded N3 billion on fertiliser and chemicals while from 2011 till date, over N2 billion was spent, adding that the e-wallet fertiliser sales to farmers has been launched at a discounted rate under the GES Programme.

 

  The Commissioner also disclosed that 6,000 metric tones of fertilizer and 5,000 metric tones of UREA would be distributed to farmers this year at a subsidised rate.

  He added that about 146 trucks of NPK and UREA will be distributed to farmers in all the 20 Local Government Area of the state which according to him will divided as 92 trucks of NPK and 54 trucks of UREA.

 

  According to Tasiu, in this year farming season, farmers in the state have been educated on how to register to get fertilizers for their households saying medium scale farmers   will get two bags of fertilizers in each household while big scale farmers will get four to five bags.

 

  He also revealed that the state government has awarded the supply and installation of Tiny Oil Mills in all the 20 local government areas of the state at a cost of N160 million saying that some the mills have been completed and will be commission soon.

 

  The Commissioner revealed that 10 MF375E tractors was purchased the state government at the cost of N73million at open market while 23 tractors were purchased under pilot tractor loan scheme at the cost of N72.1million.

 

  He stated further that the state government has approved hazard allowances and other Special allowances to all agricultural personnel.

 saying, “ this singular gesture of government has attracted youths to study Agriculture in Universities and other tertiary institutions. The morale of ministry’s personnel has improved”.

Category: Bauchi State News

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